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to the ongoing violence in syria. in a major diplomatic shift for the united states, the obama administration is now formally recognizing the syrian rebels in an effort to put an end to president bashar al assad's rule. president obama made the announcement in an interview with abc news just hours before a meeting of syrian opposition leaders and their international allies in morocco. >> we've made a decision that the syrian opposition coalition is now inclusive enough, is reflective and representative enough of the syrian population that we consider them the legitimate representative of the syrian people in opposition to the assad regime, and so we will provide them recognition. and obviously, with that recognition comes responsibilities on the part of that coalition -- >> that's a big step. >> it is a big step. there is a small element of those who oppose the assad regime that are, in fact, affiliated with al qaeda in iraq, and we have designated them as a terrorist organization, and we are going to make clear to distinguish between those elements of the opposition. >> well, despite recogni
to republicans. but the negotiations continue in private. the united states has a lot at stake in the syrian civil war. president obama has suggested that american firepower might be needed to prevent the dictatorship from using chemical weapons. we've learned that tomorrow the administration will endorse one of the rebel groups that is now fighting to overthrow bashar al- assad. who are these new american allies? clarissa ward found their leader in brussels. >> reporter: moaz al-khatib is the man chosen to lead a newly formed coalition of syria's opposition groups. what does it mean to be recognized by the u.s.? "the u.s. administration has big influence globally" he told us. "a step like that would pull the rug from under the regime on all levels: politically, economically, and militarily." the damascus-born cleric has long been an outspoken critic of the syrian government. he's been jailed several times since the uprising began. in july, he finally fled to cairo. now he travels the world asking for international support for syria's opposition. do you feel that the international community
on the syrian government interior ministry, president obama confirmed interview with abc news that some of the rebels now have official u.s. backing. >> we have made a decision that the syrian opposition coalition is inclusive enough, is reflective and representative enough of the syrian population that we consider them the legitimate representative of the syrian people in opposition to the assad regime. >> less than 24 hours after the president's statement, u.s. officials confirmed the intelligence showed the conflict is escalating. >> we are seeing use of another egregious weapon, barrel bomb. an incendiary bomb containing flammable materials. it's indris crimnant in terms of civilian. >> the move to recognize element of the opposition, some brought in exile brought rebuke from the foreign minister, whose government backed negotiation between bashar assad and the opposition. given u.s. involve in the libya and iraq to bring down their dictators, analysts predict the deepening division between the white house and the russian president. >> he has seen american match nations bring down g
as the new legitimate representative of the syrian people. president obama announced the move yesterday. it was part of an exclusive interview with abc's barbara walters. he also recognized that a small amount of the opposition has ties to al qaeda. the u.s. has declared them a terrorist organization. trying to prevent an extremist future for that war-torn country. >>> the president and house speaker john boehner taking small steps to avoid the fiscal cliff. they spoke by phone again last night. but still doesn't appear to be any closer to a deal. >>> the governor of michigan has signed that controversial, new law which limits the influence of organized labor in the state. hundreds of union workers had protested the legislation ahead of the governor's action. michigan joins 23 other states with so-called right-to-work laws. those laws ban requirements that nonunion employees pay union dues for negotiating contracts and other services. >>> well, drug smugglers have found a pretty creative new way to get contraband into the u.s. they use a gas-powered canon to shoot dozens of cans of mari
. in a diplomatic shift, the u.s. will recognize the syrian council. president obama announced the move in an interview with barbara walters. >> we made a decision that the syrian opposition coalition is now inclusive enough, is reflective and representative enough of the syrian population that we consider them the legitimate representative of the syrian people in opposition to the assad regime. >> it is designed to put further pressure on the president to step down. the international community is condemning north korea's launch of a long range rocket this morning. the question is, is this of north korea's games? this is our man at the pentagon. mick, so many times when it comes to north korea, they do these things and i said it's not the fourth of july and noting this and christmas. usually they wait to a holiday. this one seems more serious. >> it is. the u.s. military and intelligence officials actually expected the launch to occur december 17th which would be the one-year anniversary of the death of kim jung il, the father of the current leader kim jung un. not only were they taken
for the first time. president obama formally recognized a coalition of syrian opposition groups opening the way for the rebels fighting the regime of assad. the recognition comes as the white house confirms to nbc news that assad is more desperate and started using scud missiles. >> we're made a decision that the syrian opposition coalition is now inclusive enough, is reflective and representative enough of the syrian population that we consider them the legitimate representative of the syrian people. >> joining me now, deputy editor bobby gauch. does this provide help to the rebels? >> it is not yet clear. the united states did not say it will provide arms. it opens the door wider and the u.s. is coming late to this party. a number of other allies of the united states have given recognition and giving them arms and assistance. the u.s. is among the last reported stamp of approval. >> what are do you think the approval was meat at this point? part the united states has had concern fist are a long time that among the many groups, some have close ties to al qaeda and the obama administration didn
/20," president obama says it's a big move. >> the syrian opposition coalition is now inclusive enough, is reflective and representative enough of the syrian population that we consider them the legitimate representative of the syrian people. >> the president also told abc's barbara walters that with that recognition comes responsibility. clarissa ward has more on the opposition now from london. >> reporter: this is the man chosen to lead a newly formed coalition of syria's opposition groups. >> what does it mean to be recognized by the u.s.? the u.s. administration has big influence globally he told us. a step like that would pull the rug from under the regime on all levels, politically, economically, and militarily. the damascus foreign cleric has long been opposed to the government. he's been jailed numerous times. in july he finally fled to cairo. now he travels the world asking for international support for syria's opposition. do you feel that the international community has done enough to help syria? >> no. the international community fell short in its support to the syrian peopl
president obama on the syrian rebels and who should pay more taxes and why. abc's barbara walters gets the big story. she sits down with the president and first lady over the holidays. so a lot going on in d.c. >>> also this morning, millions of people that are struggling with depression may get relief the same day, thanks to a new experimental treatment. this could be ground breaking in that world, because typically when you take medication, it takes a month or two to see the effects. you might see it that same day. >> around the holidays, people tend to get depressed. so interesting story. but of course, the big story right now this morning, that huge shopping mall near portland, oregon, 1.4 million square feet in fact. it will be closed today after a gunman wearing camouflage and a white mask opened fire on crowds of holiday shoppers. >> eyewitnesss at the scene are describing scenes of horror include the town center where the shooter killed two people, wounded a third before taking his own life. >> reporter: chaos inside a suburban portland mall as a gunman opened fire on holiday s
-- disguised test for long-range missiles. >> president obama announced the u.s. would formally recognize the coalition of syrian opposition groups. >> that endorsement came as the friends of syria group met in morocco to discuss ways of ending the conflict. >> this internet footage purports to show the aftermath of explosions on the outskirts of the syrian capital of damascus. two other explosions were reported targeting the interior ministry and the justice ministry. state-run television reported at least one death and several injuries in what it called terrorist attacks. as the violence continued on the ground, diplomacy continued elsewhere. representatives of 130 countries met with opposition figures in morocco. the so-called friends of syria group recognized the opposition as the legitimate representative of the syrian people. following the lead of the eel and the u.s. -- of the eu and the u.s. >> this is an important step. we think it is important the national coalition continue to work on democratic and -- on the democratic platform. this is the new and democratic syria. this is a
this year -- 42% plan to spend more this year. >>> president obama says the syrian on mow sigs council is now inclusive enough to be granted more legitimacy in the international -- opposition council is now inclusive enough to be granted more legitimacy in the international issues. >>> president obama will decide how many troops will stay in afghanistan after the combat mission ends in december 2014. panetta did not give any details about the options that president obama is considering. but other reports have indicated between 6,000 and 10,000 troops would likely remain in afghanistan to focus on counterterrorism and to advise afghan security forces. >>> 7:51. new details about the death of singer jenni rivera. what we now know about the tragic plane crash that took her life. >>> and why couples will be rushing to get married today. maybe with a dancing elvis all over the world. >>> a big rig making an illegal u-turn in that heavy fog. it led to a major crash near davis. officials say a car crashed into the big rig as it was making that u-turn. shortly after that, another truck drove u
a psychological lift. president obama telling barbara walters why that decision was made now. >> the syrian opposition coalition is now inclusive enough, is reflective and representative enough of the syrian population that we consider them the legitimate representative of the syrian people in opposition to the assad regime. >> the u.s. joins britain, france and turkey in recognizing the syrian opposition. >>> hu go chavez is recovering from cancer surgery in cuba this morning. the operation lasted more than six hours and was completed correctly and successfully. this is the fourth cancer related surgery since summer of 2011. >>> at least four homes destroyed by a gas line explosion. this is just north of charleston, west virginia. a local station reporting five other homes were damaged, as well. that fire so intense it damaged apinterstate. several people were treated for smoke inhalation. west virginia's governor says no deaths have been reported. >>> so did you feel it? turns out we got a cosmic close shave. two asteroids buzzed earth, one passing inside the monday's orbit. in nasa says
provocative act. what message does this send to the world? >>> president obama for the first time is recognizing the syrian rebels. will this ramp up the pressure on the syrian president to give up the fight? >>> and huge protests didn't stop michigan's governor from signing the right to work law. what's this tell us about the future of labor? >>> but we begin with the latest on the fiscal cliff. republicans made another counteroffer but it's reportedly not much different from their first offer. though we don't have specifics, we do know the president and john boehner talked on the phone last night and that call, according to a republican familiar with it, was tense and lasted just 15 minutes. i want to bring in real clear politics reporter aaron mcpike and david hawkings, editor of the cq roll call daily briefing. good morning. so president obama sat down with barbara walters last night. here's what he said. >> most important thing we can do is make sure the middle class taxes do not go up on january 1st and i'm pretty confident that republicans would not hold middle class taxes
.s. moves to shore up syrian opposition groups. the obama administration has designated a group there a terrorist organization and will collectively recognize the coalition of syrian groups as legitimate representatives of the country. this is information that we learned from an interview that president obama did with abc news. in line with that, the u.s. will formally recognize the opposition council as the leader of the syrian people. officials say that the u.s. afghan force may total 9000 after the year 2014. the obama administration plans to keep between 6009 thousand troops in afghanistan after 2014 and they will confine most of them to fortified garrisons near the capital, leaving afghan troops largely without american the advisers in the field. another story from afghanistan -- "slow gains in justice for females." women who are victims of violence often report abuse that -- rarely report abuses to government authorities and rarely see their cases go to trial." that is a story in "the new york times." looking at the domestic front, "ben bernanke is to make a last fiscal cl
recognized by the obama administration as the sole legitimate representative of the syrian people. the state department said al nuzra is a front for al-qaida. >>> there's fighting in the streets of belfast again tonight. the battles have been going on for a week. age old rivalries between protestant and catholics. >>> the votes are in and the results mean facebook users will no longer have a say in policy changes on the site. more than 670,000 users voted this week. but the menlo park company said 1/3 of its users would have had to vote about 300 million people would have had to vote for it to count. >> sunny vale based yahoo unveiled their redesign today along with new apps for smart phones and tablets. analysts say yahoo remains the number one e-mail service in the u.s. but g-mail is closing in. >>> tis' the season for face painting and kids having a lot of fun. even a seal in a santa outfit. we're going to show you some of the holiday spirit that was on display inside at&t park. >>> bill martin is tracking rain right now. he'll tell us if there's another system behind this one. >>> and re
it a highly provocative act. >>> in syria the main opposition group is being recognized by the obama administration as the sole legitimate representative of the syrian people. the state department said al nuzra is a front for al-qaida. >>> there's fighting in the streets of belfast again tonight. the battles have been going on for a week. age old rivalries between protestant and catholics. >>> the votes are in and the results mean facebook users will no longer have a say in policy changes on the site. more than 670,000 users voted this week. but the menlo park company said 1/3 of its users would have had to vote about 300 million people would have had to vote for it to count. >> sunny vale based yahoo unveiled their redesign today along with new apps for smart phones and tablets. analysts say yahoo remains the number one e-mail service in the u.s. but g-mail is closing in. >>> tis' the season for face painting and kids having a lot of fun. even a seal in a santa outfit. we're going to show you some of the holiday spirit that was on display inside at&t park. >>> bill martin is trackin
technology. >>> russia is criticizing president obama's decision to recognize the syrian opposition saying they were surprised by it. the president announced his decision in an interview with abc's barbara walters. this does not mean america will be arming the rebel forces. the declaration is intended to be a show of support. the president also explained why the announcement was made now, after almost two years of war. >> the soarian opposition coalition is now inclusive enough, is reflective and representative enough of the syrian population that we consider them the legitimate representative of the syrian people in opposition to the assad regime. >> the u.s. joins britain, france and turkey in recognizing the syrian opposition. >>> michigan the cradle of the organized labor movement, is now a right to work state. last night michigan governor ri rick snyder kept his word and signed the bill into law despite thousands of protesters. >> this is an area where obviously people disagree but i'm confident this is in the best interest of michiganers. this will lead to more and better jobs. >> th
's opposition coalition. the president, president obama announcing it to barbara walters in an exclusive interview set to air on 20/20 on friday. >> we made a decision that the syrian opposition coalition is now inclusive enough, is reflective and representative enough of the syrian population that we consider them the legitimate representative of the syrian people in opposition to the assad regime and so we will provide them recognition and obviously with that recognition comes responsibilities on the part of that coalition. >> that's a big step. >> it is a big step. there is a small element of the, of those who oppose the assad regime that are in fact affiliated with al qaeda in iraq and we have designated them, al-nosra, a terrorist organization. we'll make clear to distinguish between those elements of the opposition --. jenna: joining us now, aaron david miller, former advisor to six secretaries of state. good to have you on set, face-to-face. >> a pleasure, jenna. jenna: what do you think about the decision and as well as the timing of the decision? >> having the president do it cl
the administration formally recognized the syrian opposition. >> in fact, president obama did so himself tonight on abc "world news tonight." we also understand this comes a day after the state department declared one of the opposition factions a front group for al qaeda in iraq. this morning the treasury department follows suit, slapping sanctions on credited the group part of the opposition for role in helping take a large military base near aleppo from the assad regime. >> i think we have in mind now sort of shaping the post assad environment and looking at libya and some of the resurgents of al find you have have this there he especially what happened in benghazi. >> politically risky move, shepard. sheriffs clinton cancelled trip to syria meeting in morocco earlier today. >> shepard: developments coming fast now. there is word of possible progress in the fiscal cliff standoff. officials say president obama and the house speaker john boehner talked by phone tonight after each put new offers on the table. we are live in d.c. with the late breaking details on that. plus, we're getting more new
, today, president obama had some big news. for the first time, he is putting the syrian opposition on the path to be recognized as the new government if and when assad falls. i'd like to talk about syria. do you plan to recognize the opposition and give them some legitimacy? >> we've made a decision that the syrian opposition coalition is now inclusive enough, is reflective and representative enough of the syrian population, that we consider them the legitimate representative of the syrian people, in opposition to the assad regime, and so we will provide them recognition and obviously with that recognition comes the responsibilities on the part of that coalition. >> reporter: that's a big step. >> it is a big step. there is a small element of those who oppose the assad regime that are, in fact, affiliated with al qaeda in iraq. and we have designated them, al nusra, as a terrorist organization. and we are going to make clear to distinguish between those elements of the opposition. >> reporter: for the president, recognizing the syrian opposition as the legitimate authority in that
list. president obama making a big announcement. the united states will recognize syrian rebels as representties of that country. >> we have made a decision the syrian opposition coalition is representative enough of the syrian population but consider them representatives of assyrian people in opposition to the regime. >> the u.s. providing weapons to the rebels there. 40,000 people in the country have been killed. >> albert king rushed donna summer public enemy hart and randy new man all next year answer inductees into throll ha. >> it goes to show you just when you think you know the hap of rock and roll it changes shape on you. this is really more than thrilling and something we never expected. >> for the first time in history the public was able to vote for their favorite. the induction ceremony will be held in april in los angeles. that's your 5@5:00. >> let's talk about what went on in michigan yesterday. governor rick snyder signing right to work laws that will significantly diminish the power of unions. they are not happy about it. peter doocy is live with us. >> workers
on this story as they become available to us. >>> also tonight, president obama says his administration will formally recognize the syrian opposition forces fighting with syrian president bashir al assad. here's what the president told barbara walters. >> we made a decision that the syrian opposition coalition is now inclusive enough, is reflective and representative enough of the syrian population that we consider them the legitimate representative of the syrian people in opposition to the assad regime. >> this, by the way, comes nearly a month oafter britain ad france recognized the coalition. the move is important to the coalition. it is looking to get rid of this man, al assad, but it doesn't mean washington will be giving them weapons any time soon. that is a huge sticking point. defense secretary leon panetta is saying there is no new intelligence indicating assad's regime is moving any closer to using the chemical weapons that had so many people on edge just earlier this week. >>> tonight, we are also learning that an american has been held in north korea for more than a month no
, president obama announced tuesday that the u.s. will now formally recognize the syrian opposition movement. >> we've made a decision that the syrian opposition coalition is now inclusive enough, is reflective and representative enough of the syrian population, >> ifill: hours later, the friends of syria meeting in marrakech, morocco took the same step. the u.s. became one of 114 nations to endorse the syrian national council created just last month under international pressure. deputy secretary of state william burns: >> in a growing number of towns and villages, a new syria is being born, the regime of bashar al assad must and will go, the sooner he steps aside the better for all syrians. >> ifill: despite showing signs last week of a possible shift in russia's position, the decision did not go down well in moscow, which opposes outside action against the assad regime. foreign minister sergei lavrov: >> ( translated ): as the coalition has been recognized as the only legitimate representative, it seems that the united states decided to place all bets on the armed victory of this very nati
? >> we made a decision that the syrian opposition coalition is now inclusive enough, is reflective and representative enough of the syrian population that we consider them the legitimate representative of the syrian people in opposition to the assad regime. >> the obama administration also said today it is formally designated the al nusra rebel group. a major gas line exploded in west virginia. there are reports of multiple fires. a portion of interstate 77 had to be shut down. no word on any injuries or the cause of the blast. >>> anderson, it's a good week if meteors are your thing. this one fell over edmondton alberta in 2008. the comet could produce a meteor shower anytime between now and friday. this is the first year the earth's orbit will pass the comet's debris field. you can get a glimpse of the meteor shower expected to peak on thursday night. that's my gift to you. >> thank you very much. we'll be right back. i was worried the health care system spoke a language all its own with unitedhealthcare, i got help that fit my life. information on my phone. connection to doctors
president obama and house speaker john boehner spoke by phone after the two sides exchanged new proposals this week in fiscal cliff negotiations. and late today mr. obama said the administration will recognize a coalition of syrian opposition groups. online, we look at a truly long- term reporting assignment. hari sreenivasan has more. >> sreenivasan: paul salopek is about to spend seven years tracing the ancient path of human migration around the globe. we talked about his route, the shoes he'll wear, and his emphasis on "slow journalism." and what's it like to have breast cancer in the poorest nation in the western hemisphere? that's next from our series with "pri's the world" on cancer in the developing world. all that and more is on our web site, newshour.pbs.org. ray? >> suarez: and that's the newshour for tonight. on wednesday, we'll look at the world in the year 2030. one intelligence report projects china will be on top economically, and the u.s. will be energy-independent. i'm ray suarez. >> woodruff: and i'm judy woodruff. we'll see you online, and again here tomorrow evening. t
the legitimate representative of the syrian people in opposition to the assad regime. >> the obama administration also said today it is formally designated the al nusra rebel group. a major gas line exploded in west virginia. there are reports of multiple fires. a portion of interstate 77 had to be shut down. no word on any injuries or the cause of the blast. >>> anderson, it's a good week if meteors are your thing. this one fell over edmondton alberta in 2008. the comet could produce a meteor shower anytime between now and friday. this is the first year the earth's orbit will pass the comet's debris field. you can get a glimpse of the meteor shower expected to peak on thursday night. that's my gift to you. >> thank you very much. we'll be right back. truth is, dayquil doesn't treat that. really? [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus fights your worst cold symptoms, plus it relieves your runny nose. [ breathes deeply ] awesome. [ male announcer ] yes, it is. that's the cold truth! it's part of what you slove about her.essing. but your erectile dysfunction - you know, that could be a question of bl
it is a bizarre relation shim, to say tshi sh ship, to say the least. >>> president obama is saying the united states will now recognize the leading coalition of syrian opposition groups as that country's legitimate representative. that announcement, which was expected, came during an interview with abc. >> the syrian opposition coalition is now inclusive enough, is reflective and representative enough of the syrian operations that we consider them the legitimate representative of the syrian people. >> the u.s.'s move is the latest attempt to pressure syria's president, bashar al assad, to end the war and step down from his people. arthritis, staying active can be difficult. prescription celebrex can help relieve arthritis pain so your body can stay in motion. because just one 200mg celebrex a day can provide 24 hour relief for many with arthritis pain and inflammation. plus, in clinical studies, celebrex is proven to improve daily physical function so moving is easier. celebrex can be taken with or without food. and it's not a narcotic. you and your doctor should balance the benefits with the
home. take control of your retirement today. ♪ ♪ >> president obama announced last night with barbara walters on world news tonight that the united states is recognizing the syrian opposition council as the sole representative of the syrian people, no more park bash. the interview last night, the whole interview, will air friday on 20/20 and the president joined 100 countries and organizations in putting the main opposition group on the path to becoming the only government in syria and if and when the rebels take out assad. >> we made a decision that the syrian opposition coalition is now inclusive enough, is reflective and representative enough of the syrian population that we consider them the legitimate representative to the syrian people in opposition to the assad regime so we will provide them recognition and obviously with that recognition comes responsibility on the part of that coalition. >>shepard: the civil war has killed more than 40,000 people in the last 20 months and it is still going on. syrian state television say a huge explosion hit the capital of damascus and the mi
've ever wanted to do and ink helps us do it. make your mark with ink from chase. >>> president obama sends a clear message to syrian president bashar al assad, saying the u.s. now recognizes the rebel coalition fighting against assad's crumbling regime, the president made that declaration in an interview with abc's barbara walters. >> the syrian opposition coalition is now inclusive enough, is reflective and representative enough of the syrian population that we consider them the legitimate representative of the syrian people in opposition to the assad regime. >> keep in mind here, what he just said, that doesn't mean that the u.s. will be arming the rebel forces. the declaration is just intended to be a showing of support. but all of this comes one day after a group of rebel fighters called the al nursa front are labeled a terrorist organizat n organization. some say this latest flurry of diplomacy was triggered by the threat that assad would use chemical weapons against his own people. cnn's arwa damon is in aleppo and has been trying to get close to this plant, believed to be one of sy
't kill people. arms do. and obama firing all this rhetoric in the direction of the syrian obsession didn't help a bit. when the saudis and qataris gave the jihadis real arms, good quality arms, that only helped. now our only chance, megyn, to pull this out, for the administration actively, get the cia on the ground, actively supply good quality weapons to the factions we know lean westward. and we can sort them out. it is a myth we can't tell the difference. and we have two interests in syria, in the long term. one, a rule of law democracy of sorts that doesn't abuse women and doesn't harbor terrorists. but there's another thing that people are overlooking. there's an operational prize for us. if we can get our hands on the assad's security services files, it would be a treasure trove telling us who in iraq was betraying us, what the iranians are doing, what the russians are up to. if we're not gaming how to get control of that stuff as soon as assad falls or at least access to it, we're throwing away another great chance. we're good at throwing away chances. megyn: why do say we need th
and pacific on c-span3 american history tv. >> president obama this evening said the u.s. now recognizes the main syrian opposition group as the legitimate representative of its country's people. turkish journalism has reported that the new america foundation. two men have returned from the country into the to the west can do more to help the syrian people. [inaudible conversations] >> welcome, everyone. welcome to c-span on the audience. i am very excited about today's events. we have two people with us that have recently come from syria that are able to give us an insight on the perspective of something that is hard to come by. in the context of the syria. to my far right is mohammed ghanem, he has a bachelor's degree in english literature, as well as graduate degree in translation from damascus university. he went on to earn a degree in conflict transformation from the center of justice and peace at the eastern mennonite university in harrisburg, virginia, and he has fought as assistant professor at princeton university. he is a long-term activists. he was active in the early days as
." in a major diplomatic shift for the united states, the obama administration his now formally recognizing syrian rebels in an effort to end assad's regime. the u.s. doesn't plan to provide arms to the rebels. >>> and from our parade of papers, "the dallas morning news." north korea has defied international warnings, firing another long-range rocket. the second such launch under new leader kim jong-un. korean state tv claims the launch was successful and that the rocket delivered a, quote, peaceful satellite into orbit. >>> this is a big morning now. >> it is. he's here. >> he's here in the flesh in new york city in the studio. >> 12-12-12. happy 12-12-12. >> top 12 reasons, something. >> willie and i since 11-11-11 -- >> i was watching you. >> and we're, like, on the holiday inn over on 57th. we're going to be ready when it's 12-12-12 because that's going to be a special day. we'll make a top 12 list of the things a man should do to -- >> and we want to get this right. >> we're going to get it right. >> because we were so wrong about y2k. >> we really were. >> the millennium. >> we really
:00, president obama says the u.s. now recognizes syria's main opposition group as the legitimate representative of the country's people. the president's comments paved the way for greater u.s. support as the group tries to oust syrian president assad. >>> meanwhile, as the "fiscal cliff" deadline approaches, indications that the president and house speaker john boehner are reportedly talking again, at least by telephone. among the proposals, the white house may agree to less tax revenue but the speaker still wants to see what cuts the president will make. but publicly, neither side is giving anything away. >> we're still waiting for the white house to identify what spending cuts the president is willing to make as part of balanced approach that he promised americans. >> what is required is, you know, agreement by republicans to some specific revenues that includes raising rates. >> there is no indication that the president will compromise on taxes on the wealthy going up. >>> a soon-to-open bay area restaurant is wondering where are all the workers? black bear diner is set to open a restaurant
the middle east security. >> president obama this evening said the u.s. now recognize the main syrian opposition groups as the legitimate representative of this country's people. earlier today political adviser to the syrian american council and a turkish journalist reporting on this serious civil war at the new america foundation. both men recently returned from the country and say the west can do more to help the syrian people. >> welcome, everyone. wellcome also to know c-span and its audience. very excited about today's events because we have two people with those who have recently come from syria and are able to give us an insider perspective, something that is hard to come by in the context of syria. to my far right is mohammed ghanem. he received his bachelor's degree in english literature as well as his graduate degree in translation from damascus university. he went on to aaron a master's degree in peace building in conflict transformation from the center of justice and peace building at the eastern university and harrisonburg virginia and has taught as an assistant professor
's what's going on right now. president obama no longer sees bashar al assad as the real representative of the syrian people. the rebels fighting to throw overthrow assad are legitimate enough and organized enough to act as a bonafide government. several recognize the opposition fighters as the people's true representatives. >> the syrian opposition coalition is inclusive enough and representative enough of the syrian population that we consider them the legitimate representative of the syrian people in opposition to the assad regime. >> we want to bring in holly from cnn international. what does that mean exactly when he's recognizing now the opposition as the true, legitimate representatives of the people who are there? >> essentially, it's what he said. al assad is not the representative of the syrian people. the u.s. and other than western countries have called on bashar al assad to step down. concretely it is a diplomatic move. it was expected. what it doesn't change and this is what the rebels and the opposition want is whether or not they get more money and more arms. they're say
of the united states still clear that he will be the ally, the partner of the syrian opposition. dagen: serious how? what is next? what power does this give the rubble group and where does it take it? >> president obama said that he is not going to send weapons at this point in time. he will be calling for further economic financial and diplomatic measures here and elsewhere. we think that the new leadership of the opposition will sideline before we engage. dagen: greatest threat to us right now. pick a country, pick a group. >> it will always be iran. it is still growing. they have done benghazi. they may do more in the future, unfortunately. dagen: it was great to see you. thank you for your insight. connell: this right to work campaign in michigan. the bill getting signed into law last night. could it be an example for other states. dagen: and stubhub. where are the yankees? here are some of today's winners on the s&p 500. ♪ [ male announcer ] this is steve. he loves risk. but whether he's climbing everest, scuba diving the great barrier reef with sharks, or jumping into the marke he goes
and reduce the deficit. turning to syria this morning, president obama is now stepping up pressure on bashar asaad with his official recognition of syria's opposition group. here with an interview with barbara walters. >> we have made a decision that the syrian opposition coalition is inclusive enough is reflective and representative enough of the syrian population that we consider them the legitimate representative of the syrian people in opposition to the outside regime. >> again, that's come from an exclusive interview yesterday with abc's barn with a walters. u.s. security officials are monitoring syria in case asad will use chemical weapons against his own people. other world leaders are expected to recognize the opposition. they say they will not arm the rebel fighters, but we should learn more today about how they plan on supporting those opposition groups. more "bill press" coming up live after the break. stay with us. museum you're about to watch an ad message created by a current tv viewer for capella university. matter. education is the key. it
's use of chemical weapons on its own people president obama formally recognized the rebel group as a legitimate representative of searia, the move further bolsters the u.s. support for a new government. >> we've made a decision that the syrian opposition coalition is now inclusive enough is reflective and representative enough of the syrian population that we consider them the legitimate representative of the syrian people in opposition to the assad regime, and so we will provide them recognition and obviously with that recognition comes responsibilities on the part of that coalition. >> the white house says the show of support for the coalition falls short of what many rebels want. spokesman jay carney says the u.s. will not provide weapons for the fighters. >>> very busy night for the president. he also spent time on the phone talking with house speaker john boehner trying to negotiate a deal to keep the u.s. from going over the so-called fiscal cliff. house republicans meeting right now and we expect to hear from the house speaker at the top of the hour. dana bash, capitol hi
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